DIY V-Day: 8 Spots for Solo Flyers
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Oh yeah, livin' the single life and luvin' it! Definitely not spending cold, lonely nights doing the 'What Colour is Your Future Husband/Wife's Aura?' Buzzfeed quiz over and over before falling asleep spooning a bottle of Chardonnay! Nope, nothing to see here, just a cool cat with zero baggage flying first class on Solo Air! Whether you're lookin' for love or feelin' yourself this V-Day, we've got you covered.
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Oh Saint Valentine, you raunchy lil' thaang - giving us an excuse to finally try out that weird position that we read about on a 'how to spice up your relationship' thread on Reddit. To get you ready for for some wonky hip movements, head on up to NT's bar for an evening of soulful music from newcomer Tertia May. Her melodic tunes are the perfect way to get those hips of yours loosened up, and maybe you can find a partner to do 'monkey-headed t-rex in a wheelbarrow' with later on.
Looking to get your rocks off? Check out Hackney Wick Bouldering Project - this bouldering centre has a friendly, communal vibe and blocks for all abilities. Chat up a cutie on the mats, or take part in one of their bouldering socials. Who knows? Maybe you'll rope in a good 'un.
Spit some game and find your Player 2 at this Dalston bar. Modelled after Tokyo's gamer cafes, this spot is serious about fun - they've got board games, retro arcade games, and collaborative spaces where you can partner up for some console action. Tongue tied? Just say, 'I think Wii'd look good together'.
This naughty romp is an ode to your lady parts - an energetic exploration into the female form, which we've been assured is bold, unapologetic, grotesque, and a lil' bit nude. Written and performed by female powerhouse group, 'The Völvas', this hour-long play will probe the patriarchy, and brutally demonstrate the trauma that misogyny breeds, all the while preaching self-love and appreciation for your lumps, bumps and hairy clumps.
Do a little bit of self-luvin' at Rich Mix, where a group of live artists will be exploring concepts of self-care through the body and senses. The evening will consist of interactive, multi-disciplinary live art performances (installations, performances, music, and dance) that examine personal well-being in a safe space for self-expression. You can choose to participate or just watch and reflect on you, boo. How is you doing?
This V-Day, you just want to unleash your inner Beyonce, clench your pelvic muscles really tight and howl at the moon. Secret Yoga Club's got you, b. They're all about channeling the goddess within at their special Valentine's session, where karmic kweens will get treated to a slinky, sexy yoga sesh and a rejuvenating sound bath. The eve will round off with a feminine ritual guided by a shamanic healing practitioner and some tasty cocoa treats.
Maybe it's time to have that threesome you've been dreaming of - craft beer, donburi, and goats. Stepney City Farm is hosting a booze-filled love fest, where the objects of your adoration will take the form of limited edition craft beer from breweries Jester King, the Bruery, Saint Arnold and Buffalo Bayou; as well as gourmet Donburi rice bowls heaped with sizzling, crispy strips of beef, or tasty morsels of tofu and mushroom. All whilst being surrounded by cute 'ickle animals... and the smell of shit.
This is one for da *hip-hop voice* laaaaaaaaadiees. Leave the boys, you don't need 'em honey - trust us. Spend this V-Day showing love to your fave gal pals by letting MasterChef 2017 finalists Alison, Giovanna and Lorna, aka 'Three Girls Cook', whip you up a feast fit for a Queen ('cos that's what you are, right!?). To wash all that yummy scran down, the boys at Brother Marcus will be on hand to muddle your favourite cocktail. Boys are allowed too, but any smooching, footsies or fraternising with the enemy is strictly forbidden.